Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Little Christmas Verse


I heard the bells on Christmas Day 
Their old, familiar carols play, 
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!



Till ringing, singing on its way, 
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!



Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South, 
And with the sound
The carols drowned 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


It was as if an earthquake rent 
The hearth-stones of a continent, 
And made forlorn
The households born 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"


Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: 
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; 
The Wrong shall fail, 
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Written during the American Civil War.

The last few years have been very difficult.  Have hope.  The darkness does not last forever and good will prevail in the end.

Merry Christmas everyone!  May your holiday be joyful and fulfilling.

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